There are a variety of definitions out there for common terms regarding diversity, equity, and inclusion. Here is a vocabulary list that Vail Valley Partnership uses.
Work in the DEI space is about addition – what are you adding that is going to make your organization stronger and more inclusive. Find out what your team’s pain point are and start with open dialog and connection. Everyone in the organization should get brought along with understanding, not agreement.
Bias is a tendency to believe that some people, ideas, etc., are better than others that usually results in treating some people unfairly.
From a DEI standpoint, it is important to remember that everyone has biases and you should be aware of what yours are because it may cause you to treat others differently.
LGBTQ+ is a shorthand or umbrella terms for all folks who have a non-normative (or queer) gender or sexuality. LGBTQ is Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer and/or Questioning.
For a more complete list of LGBTQ+ terms click here.
Pronouns are used in language all the time when we refer to ourselves or other people. If someone has gender pronouns next to their profile name, they’re simply informing you on how to refer to them. By doing this, it allows others not to make assumptions about one’s gender
Examples of pronouns you might use refer to others are: